• Short Summary

    Various examples of antique oriental porcelain are presented to the camera.

  • Description

    Oxford Museum of Eastern Art, Oxfordshire.

    Interior of a room in the museum, a man walks up some steps into a room with antique Oriental Porcelain on display. He picks up various pieces of "fragile pottery" and looks at them closely. C/U of one of the pieces which represents a man walking beside a horse. C/U of another figure - the popular "God of Wealth" from porcelain's most famous period, that of Kang-Hai (sp?) in the 17th century. C/U of another statuette from the same period, an example of the more valuable "famille noir." A figure of a smiling man is turned for the camera. C/U of a vase featuring "The God of Longevity" - camera tilts down to show the design.

    C/U of the head of a design representing one of the three dogs of Fo, or Buddha, symbols of power. L/S of a woman examining porcelain objects which are laid out on a table.

    C/U of figures representing "The Laughing Twins" - rarely found together says the narrator - they are symbols of union and harmony. C/Us of each of the twins. They are fine examples of "famille verte" porcelain. Together they are worth about £500, nearly half the value of the next pieces shown which date from the Ch'ien Lung (sp?) period in the 18th Century - two statuettes representing birds and a decorated plate. Narrator speaks of the history of the art of China over shots of various statuettes and jade carvings. These include a carved piece from the Ch'ien Lung era and a Kang'Hai plate. Narrator speaks of the craftsmen skills which have been handed down through generations.

    Note: although narrator calls the location the "Oxford Museum of Eastern Art", paperwork refers to the "Indian Institute". Paperwork lists two spellings for Kang-Hai and Kang'Hai.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:56:47:00 / 01:58:38:00
    CP 006

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